Find out what California and Nevada credit unions are accomplishing within their communities.

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Redwood CU

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Redwood CU has been named a Top 10 Credit Union in California, and the highest-ranked credit union in northern California by Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Best Credit Unions. Of the nation’s 5,200 credit unions, Redwood CU is one of only 182 in the United States to be included on the list.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU has partnered with the YMCA of Orange County to collect school supplies for Orange County and Riverside County students in need and this year as many more parents and students are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

USE CU

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USE CU has selected five recipients of the USE CU Dream Scholarship program for the 2020-21 school year. The first place finalist will receive $2,500 and the four remaining finalists will receive $1,000 each. 

San Mateo CU

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San Mateo CU has distributed $3.7 million to San Mateo County businesses facing hardships, helping them avoid layoffs and stay open or reopen, and provided significant financial relief to its members in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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San Diego County CU has been recognized with the North San Diego Business Chamber’s Leadership Award. The award honors outstanding organizations that make an impactful, positive difference within the local community.

Los Angeles FCU

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Los Angeles FCU hosted a graduation ceremony for the children of Los Angeles FCU employees graduating in 2020. The ceremony was held at the credit union’s Glendale Branch on June 29 and was hosted by Richard Lie, Los Angeles FCU president and CEO. Six students were honored, with three graduating from Southern California high schools, including Burbank High School, Workman High School, and Orange Lutheran High School, one from Chime Charter Middle School, and two college students graduating from UCLA.

SCE FCU

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SCE FCU has opened its fourth branch in the Las Vegas Valley at 2215 E. Lone Mountain Road in North Las Vegas to better accommodate the needs of members in the area.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU partnered with the San Diego Blood Bank to host a blood drive at four San Diego County CU locations throughout San Diego county, collecting 121 pints of much-needed blood, which will help save the lives of more than 360 people.

Los Angeles FCU

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Los Angeles FCU is offering hardship assistance programs designed to financially help their members during the COVID-19 pandemic. The success of these programs was helped by the automation and risk mitigation efforts of Art Sookazian, Los Angeles FCU's vice president of collections and risk management. Sookazian teamed up with the credit union’s information technology team to overhaul many processes while creating automation to maximize efficiencies and improve member experience. 

 

Coast Central CU

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In mid-March, Coast Central CU immediately made various programs available to its personal and business members significantly impacted by COVID-19 including Skip-a-Payments, Mortgage Deferments, SBA PPP loans, and late payment fee waivers. In addition, beyond an already planned Community Grant Program which allotted $100,000 to local organizations, once the pandemic’s widespread affects worsened, its board of directors approved an additional $55,000 for non-profits directly affected by lost revenues. These included delivered meals for low-income children, food for frontline healthcare workers, electronic tablets for serving homebound seniors, support for domestic violence victims, and more. 

American First CU

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American First CU has donated more than $2,700 to Relay for Life of Northwest Orange County this year and participated in their event to raise awareness and funds against cancer. While the event is usually in-person, this year’s Relay for Life was virtual due to COVID-19 safety concerns. The online event encouraged community fun through online games, photo contests, and raffles for prizes. Participants also had the option to create unique digital “Luminaria” bags in memory of loved ones.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU was the presenting sponsor of the North San Diego Business Chamber’s Celebration of Business. The annual event celebrates the best and brightest of the San Diego business community. Leadership awards were given to individuals and businesses that have positively affected other individuals, businesses or the San Diego community. San Diego County CU was named a finalist for a business leadership award.

Ventura County CU

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Ventura County CU has added Chad Ritchie to its leadership team. As chief information officer, Ritchie now oversees the credit union’s technology strategy, working closely with the executive team to implement technology solutions that align with the credit union’s overall goals and priorities.

First Tech FCU

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First Tech FCU has awarded $60,000 in scholarships to 12 college students throughout the country.  The credit union has dedicated more than $300,000 in scholarships toward higher education over more than a decade. This year’s recipients’ intended majors span STEM subjects like engineering, computer science and biochemistry, as well as international relations, special education and speech-language pathology.

Travis CU

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Travis CU's Travis CU Foundation is contributing $40,000 to the Leaven to support  after-school mentoring and tutoring programs to low-income neighborhoods where high dropout rates and gangs threaten the community. This donation was made possible with donations received through Travis CU Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Initiative, which were generously matched by Travis CU. The Leaven is the first of many organizations participating in this initiative to raise the full $20,000 and receive a $20,000 matching gift from Travis CU.

California Coast CU

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California Coast CU's Cal Coast Cares Foundation has awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships to local students, bringing the total amount awarded since 2016 to over $300,000. The non-profit foundation annually provides scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $2,500 to college students, graduating high school seniors, and foster students throughout San Diego and Riverside counties to pursue accredited degrees. 

Los Angeles FCU

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Los Angeles FCU is offering a “Free Checking account”, which is absolutely free of monthly account fees, free of conditions, and free of transaction fees at 30,000 nationwide CO-OP ATMs. This special account also offers online and mobile account access, account alerts, account transfers to pay loans, and debit card and mobile wallet apps for contactless transactions, which are also all free.

USE CU

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For a limited time, USE CU is offering members a $100 ‘Spread the Love’ bonus for each person they refer to the credit union – and the referred friend also gets $100.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU hosted a free, 60-minute webcast titled “Self-Care and Stress Management: Tools and Best Practices for Coping with COVID-19 and Beyond.” Originally shared as one of the benefits Redwood CU offers its members, positive feedback spurred the organization to make the resource available communitywide and it can now be viewed on Redwood Credit Union’s YouTube channel.The webcast was presented by Mary O’Neill, a licensed psychotherapist and expert on helping people cope with stress.

Los Angeles FCU

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Los Angeles FCU awarded $11,000 in its 2020 Jack C. Mathews College Scholarship competition. The winners included two high school and three college students pursuing higher education in the fall of 2020, and to one teacher, a repeat winner, who won in 2019. 

American First CU

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American First CU was recently honored with the prestigious Diamond Award, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. The credit union won the Ongoing Events - Diamond Award for the Credit Union’s community service efforts through their Caring First program. 

Travis CU

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Travis CU has promoted Dena Rothmann as the new SVP/member experience chief retail officer. She will be responsible for defining the strategic priorities and division initiatives to implement innovative retail technology and member experience improvements that align with Travis CU’s mission, vision and strategic initiatives. Additionally, she will create, communicate, execute and sustain high performing teams within the credit union retail branch network to ensure “best practices” to accomplish the mission and strategic plan while meeting the financial needs of our members.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU is hosting a blood drive on July 1, 2020 at four locations in San Diego County. Amid the COVID-19 situation, the San Diego Blood Bank is taking every possible precaution to ensure donor safety. 

America’s Christian CU

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America’s Christian CU was awarded “San Gabriel Valley Readers Choice Favorite Credit Union” as well as a Five-Star “superior” institution rating by BauerFinancial. 

American First CU

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American First CU donated various supplies to Mary’s Kitchen to aid the homeless population in Orange County. The credit union purchased containers, utensils, and other necessary supplies to help ensure the organization could continually provide and support the community with fresh, clean materials amidst COVID 19.

Travis CU

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Travis CU recently awarded 20 local high school students the Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship. Travis CU offers the annual scholarships to assist its young members with the increasing cost of higher education and to reinforce its commitment to the financial success of our country’s future leaders.

SAFE CU

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SAFE CU has opened its newest branch in the Land Park neighborhood in Sacramento, CA. The branch is the credit union’s 21st branch in the Greater Sacramento region. It will serve about 6,000 current SAFE CU members in the neighborhood and provide the opportunity for more people in the area to become SAFE CU members.

Silver State Schools CU

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Silver State Schools CU board of directors announced its nine 2020 scholarship recipients. Each winner is a Southern Nevada high school senior and will receive a $2,000 scholarship renewable for up to four years, for a total of up to $8,000, to use towards higher education.

Greater Nevada CU

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Greater Nevada CU has awarded 31 Nevada students with scholarships to continue their academic pursuits through the Greater Nevada CU Scholarship Program. Scholarship recipients were selected from a competitive pool of 139 applicants. Twenty-nine winners will receive a $2,000 scholarship each, and two winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship each based on the timing of their graduation and enrollment. This is the 20th year of the annual scholarship program. Greater Nevada CU has helped 350 students pursue their educational goals after high school, awarding more than $490,000 in total scholarships over the years.

Frontwave CU

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Frontwave CU was recently honored with six Diamond Awards in the marketing, advertising, branding and business development categories from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council. Frontwave CU received Category’s Best Awards for Digital Advertising, Business Development Efforts, and Point of Sale Display & Retail Merchandising. It also received Diamond Awards for Membership Marketing, Brand Awareness and Complete Campaign.

Travis CU

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Travis CU's philanthropic arm, Travis Credit Union Foundation, is contributing $70,000 to the NorthBay HealthCare Foundation to support the NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement program. This donation was made possible with a generous gift from an individual donor and matching funds from Travis CU. 

Altura CU

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Altura CU has gone above for the communities it serves during these unprecedented times, including food bank donations, meals to front line staff, supporting its aging community, hardship loans, and more.

PremierOne CU

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PremierOne CU purchased and donated 15-piece hygiene kits and disposable protection masks to LifeMoves Homeless Shelter in two downtown San José locations.

American First CU

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American First CU donated much needed supplies such as one-time use trays and silverware to Mary’s Kitchen that has been serving meals of Orange County’s homeless population since 1984. 

First Entertainment CU

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First Entertainment CU has named as Ken Kramer SVP and chief financial officer, and Steve Bone as SVP and chief information officer. Kramer assumed his role on May 20, 2020, most recently serving as chief executive officer at United States Senate FCU in Alexandria, VA. Bone assumed his leadership role on May 11, 2020. Most recently, he was managing director of Payments at Q2, a cloud based digital banking fintech located in Austin, TX.

Ventura County CU

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Ventura County CU has set aside $50,000 under its #VCCUCares program to donate to local nonprofits helping the community during the COVID crisis. The credit union also donated to five county Boys and Girls Clubs providing day care to essential workers, its local FoodBank providing popup food banks throughout the county, a local health care association, two senior programs that provide food to seniors, and a community foundation that has a COVID-19 nonprofit fund. 

PremierOne CU

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PremierOne CU partnered with Disney and ABC7. Donation funds went towards purchasing books and SHIP kits, which helped hourly wage earners and families in need with kids under 12.  Aside from making a monetary donation, PremierOne CU also donated piggy banks, coloring books, crayons, stress baseballs and fun spinners in the bags that were handed out to families. 

CU of Southern California

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CU of Southern California celebrated Giving Tuesday (May 5) by donating $230,000 to 20 Whittier-area charities and non-profit organizations as well as making a $100,000 donation to its employee-inspired charity, CU SoCal Helping Hands. 

Travis CU

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The Travis CU Foundation is giving non-profit organizations in its communities an opportunity to raise funds for their COVID-19 response. Non-profit organizations will be listed on the Travis CU Foundation’s Community Funding page until Sept. 30, 2020. Each organization will have an opportunity to raise up to $20,000 through the COVID-19 Relief Initiative and receive matching funds of an equal amount from Travis CU. 

Santa Clara County FCU

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Santa Clara County FCU celebrated its 70th anniversary on May 8, 2020. In 1950, seven county employees banded together with $103 to form the Santa Clara County Employees CU with the goal of providing financial services to Santa Clara County employees to help them improve their lives.  Today, Santa Clara County FCU has more than 50,000 members, assets in excess of $800 million, and $500 million in loans. 

America’s Christian CU

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America’s Christian CU has promoted Richard H. Mathews to vice president/chief human resources officer. In this new and expanded role, he will continue to lead the credit union’s talent management, cultural transformation and employee development initiatives that align with the credit union's vision and mission.

Christian Community CU

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Christian Community CU has promoted Marji Hughes to executive vice president/chief operating officer. Prior to her promotion, Hughes served as the credit union's senior vice president/chief operating officer. For over 28 years, Hughes has held leadership roles in various departments at the credit union including operations, member services, loan administration, information technology, and marketing.